Interview with Bernard Frischer, Founder of Flyover Zone, and Nathanael Tavares, CEO of Flyover Zone
Questions for Email Interviews with Bernard & Nathanael, 2021By TammyJo
November 28, 2018. Ever wish you could step into a hot air balloon, travel back in time to 320 A.D., and soar over the streets of Ancient Rome? Well, that oddly specific fantasy is achievable in a new virtual reality experience called “Rome Reborn.”
The ambitious undertaking, painstakingly built by a team of 50 academics and computer experts over a 22-year period, recreates 7,000 buildings and monuments scattered across a 5.5 square mile stretch of the famed Italian city. The project, according to Tom Kington of the Times, is being marketed as the largest digital reconstruction of Rome to date.
May 30, 2018. “We want to democratize knowledge,” said Professor Bernard Frischer, from Indiana University, talking about the ultimate purpose of the Rome Reborn® VR project, which was presented at the Multifunctional Hall of the Santa Lucia Complex on May 26, 2018.
The Rome Reborn® VR project, in development since 1997, consists of a digital reconstruction of the ancient city of Rome within the Aurelian walls, as it appeared in 320 AD. The current version of the model is 3.0, optimized for use in real time through augmented virtual reality. The demonstration, which was offered during the day, allowed a visit to the Roman forum with many possibilities of choice and in-depth analysis through specific viewers to experiment directly with virtual reality.
November 22, 2018. Rome wasn’t built in a day and the creation of a virtual reality copy of the imperial city hasn’t been a sprint either.
A team of 50 academics and computer experts has completed the job after 22 years, producing Rome Reborn, a ten-gigabyte virtual world.
The project, with 7,000 buildings and temples spread over five square miles, is being touted as the biggest digital reconstruction of an ancient site.
Computer Graphics World, December 2008.
“This historically accurate digital re-creation—which melds the wondrous technological achievements of the past with those of the present—offers a comprehensive, holistic perspective of this amazing city. The most impressive aspect of this re-creation is the sheer scale of the model: It encompasses 7,000 carefully reconstructed, detailed period buildings covering 14 square kilometers (5.4 square miles) of authentically contoured landscape. And when this virtual model is completed… users will be able to explore the ancient cityscape, structures, and alleyways in real time and in high resolution. What’s more, all the imagery and information will be rendered interactively within the user’s Internet browser or VR headset…”
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